R.C. Hoiles’ legacy continues

Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico We are privileged to walk in the editorial footsteps of one of America’s remarkable journalists, Raymond Cyrus Hoiles, who was born on Nov. 24, 1878, and founded Freedom Communications Inc.. The descendants of R.C., as everybody called him, still own our Irvine, California-based parent company, and maintain his legacy of […]

‘Tumbleweed’ author was jack of all trades

Don McAlavy In my column of Oct. 8, I wrote about a tumbling weed, which produced true love by carrying a message across the Texas Panhandle. The fictional story was written by Reuben Boone in 1920. A lot of people, including my editor, asked me who was Reuben Boone. I didn’t know until Toby Phipps […]

Should this conversation be taken seriously?

Leonard Pitts Jr. So this president and this football player meet in a bar … “O.J. Simpson, is that you?” “Yeah, who wants to — George W. Bush? Hey, how you been?” “Real good, Juice. So, what you been up to lately?” “Well, George, I’m still searching for the real killers. If I can bring […]

BNSF on track for changes

By Jack King Burlington Northern Santa Fe is eliminating a crew change in Clovis for some of its trains, although it’s not yet clear what the change will mean for Clovis. Also, BNSF has lost a labor dispute, which will mean more high-paying union jobs at its Clovis yard — but how many of those […]

Base thankful for safe return of personnel

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Staff Sgt. Monnie Evans of the 27th Security Forces and his wife Kristi Evans sing “Come, Ye Thankful People Come” together during Tuesday’s Thanksgiving service at Cannon Air Force Base. CNJ photo: Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — As airmen gathered Tuesday evening for a Thanksgiving service at the […]

Holiday Closings

The following city of Clovis offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday: City Hall, Public Works, Parks, Clovis Area Transit Service, Friendship Senior Center, Baxter-Curran Senior Center, the Alice Converse meal site, and Clovis-Carver Public Library. The library also will be closed Saturday. The city will pick up commercial and polycart […]

Police Blotter 11/26

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police received a 911 call from the 1100 block of Maple shortly before midnight Friday, but the caller was so intoxicated that he could not or would not explain to police why he had called. A routine check showed an outstanding contempt […]

City manager selected in Portales

By Tony Parra PORTALES — Debi Lee of Hobbs has been selected city manager in Portales. She is expected to begin in mid-December. “We selected her unanimously,” said city council member D.K. Shafer. “I believe she really likes Portales. She’s got a boy at Eastern (New Mexico University) and a girl that is coming back […]

Willmon, Arnita McCain

ARNITA WILLMON Services: Have been held. Arnita McCain Willmon, 91, of Clovis, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on May 18, 1912, in Smithfield, Texas, to Charles Robert and Nancy Jane Wilkinson McCain. As a young woman she enjoyed singing with her three sisters, and playing […]

ENMU news & notes

By Dave Wagner EASTERN NEW MEXICO MEN’Sbasketball coach Shawn Scanlan was disappointed with the Greyhounds’ defensive showing in Saturday’s 90-82 loss to 16th-ranked Northwest Missouri State in the championship game of the Ryland Milner Classic. ENMU shot a blistering 63 percent, but it was negated because the Bearcats shot 54 percent, collected 15 offensive rebounds […]

Plant wants water with its cheese

By Jack King While the Clovis City Commission approved a memorandum of understanding with Southwest Cheese Co., the company is still in discussions over water rights and water services with the state of New Mexico and New Mexico American Water Co., city officials said Monday. Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corp., […]

Cannon, water top priorities for Clovis planners

By Darrell Todd Maurina Water and the retention of Cannon Air Force Base are among Clovis’ highest priorities for continued and expanded growth, community leaders said Monday. “Without water, we cannot have economic development,” City Manager Ray Mondragon said. “We have (Base Realignment and Closure) 2005 coming up and we’ve got to look at these […]

Lady Cats deep and determined

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Seniors Jessica Hohn (left) and Monique Walker have been mainstays for the Lady Wildcats the past two seasons. CNJ photo by Rick White By Rick White Patience and determination. Those are the keys to this basketball season, Clovis girls coach Miles Watters said. That’s patience on Watters’ behalf to blend a sophomore class that is […]

Waste water agreement reached in city meeting

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City employee Jimmy Martinez inspects an aerator tank Monday at the city’s waste water treatment plant. Martinez said the plant handles between 2.5 and 3 million gallons of waste water per day. CNJ staff photo: Rick White. By Jack King Clovis city commissioners approved three items related to waste water infrastructure for Southwest Cheese at […]

Three female detainees accuse jailer of sex crimes

By Ryan Lengerich TUCUMCARI — A Quay County Juvenile Detention Center officer was arrested Monday and charged with sex-related crimes against three juvenile detainees, police said. Robert Gonzales, 27, of Tucumcari was arrested and charged with two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor, […]

Police Blotter 11/25

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: A 27-year-old Clovis woman contacted police about 4:30 p.m. Thursday regarding a possible theft of her dog. The woman said the dog turned up missing Nov. 15 during a yard sale at the 3000 block of La Luz. The dog, a young […]

Running without public funding great political step

Freedom Newspapers T he announcement that Democratic presiden- tial candidate John Kerry, following in the footsteps of front-runner Howard Dean, will give up taxpayer financing of his campaign in favor of private (or family) contributions might just mark the beginning of the end of the system of “public” funding of presidential campaigns. Taxpayers, and those […]

No whining about a capitalist Christmas

Tibor Machan Sometimes one ought to repeat a point, even over and over, since it is important enough to call attention to it often. Given that many people, such as celebrities with lots of media exposure, manage to repeat idiotic points, I have resolved to refute them repeatedly. Emma Thompson, whom I rather enjoy as […]

Jackson is no ‘thriller’ in some minds

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked participants for their thoughts on pop star Michael Jackson. Some responses: “I have never been a fan or tuned in to watch him perform. What little I have seen of his so-called performances — such as on newscasts when he is a news item because […]

Luke, Emma E.

Services: Have been held. Mrs. Emma E. Luke, 85, of Portales, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003, at her home. She was born on Dec. 9, 1917, on her grandmother’s ranch in Niobrara County, Wyo., on the Cheyenne River. When she was a young child, her family moved to the Denver area. As a teenager, she […]